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What’s On 2017

Whilst we have paid particular attention to ensure all details are correct at the time of writing, these are just suggestions and anything undertaken is at your own risk. We recommend you check with the relevant venue/event organiser before heading out, especially restaurants and activities where opening times can differ over the seasons.

EVENTS IN 2017

Celebrating the Year of History Heritage & Archaeology 2017.  Last year was the year of Design Architecture & Innovation when the #BliSS Trail of Art and Architectural Installations was opened in the villages of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans with artists’ installations popping up for all to enjoy.  Follow the trail to discover ‘Still’ by Rob Mulholland set within the loch outside the Four Seasons Hotel at the St Fillans end of Loch Earn (withdrawn over the winter months) and the latest additions to the trail. Balquhidder has the ‘Half Way’ totem pole by Edward Chadfield, on the road leading to Tigh na Croit, ‘Grooming Stag’ by June McEwan outside the village hall and the ‘Lookout’ by Daniel Tyler and Angus Richie between Loch Voil and Loch Doine, reflecting the hills, sheep and visitors.  Also there by Monachyle Mhor, find ‘The Sheiling’ and ‘Uaimh’ (cave).  Check out the map to locate all the sculptures on the BliSS trail at www.robroycountr.com/blisstrail or pick one up in a local shop.

Every week:

Thursday evenings at 8pm: Live traditional Scottish music at Mhor 84 beside the turning off the A84 to Balquhidder http://mhor.net/mhor-84-motel/

Friday and Saturday evenings: Live folk music at the Lade Inn, Kilmahog http://theladeinn.com/live-music-at-the-lade-inn.html

What’s On:

Sunday 29 January 2017: Traditional Burns Supper at Monachyle Mhor, Balquhidder, FK19 8PQ. Food, music, whisky and wine.  Contact monachyle@mhor.net or telephone 01877 384622 to book. www.mhor.net

Saturday 4 February 2017: Wedding Open Day at Venachar Lochside, Callander FK17 8HP. Enquiries: samweddings@venachar-lochside.com https://www.venachar-lochside.com/

From Saturday 1st April – Sunday 30 October 2017, 10am to 5.30pm: The Scottish Crannog Centre opens for its 20th anniversary year, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. Visit the website for ticket prices and upcoming events www.crannog.co.uk

Sunday 16 April 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Easter Egg-Stravaganza: The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. The first of the 20th anniversary celebrations includes pancakes cooked over an open fire, make your own bread rolls in their clay ovens and churn butter to spread on it, plus more learning and discovery of ancient methods  www.crannog.co.uk

Sunday 23 April 2017 – The Great Loch Earn Boat Race This annual charity event, organised by Crieff Round Table, takes place from Lochearnhead to St Fillans.  To enter a team of 4 (boat etc provided, supply your own buoyancy vests), the cost is £80, contact Jamie Russell on 07964 807721 or email jamierussell@ecosse.net.  The perfect chance to raise money for your favourite charity. Spectators can watch and enjoy the hospitality provided by The Achray House Hotel in St Fillans.

Sunday 30 April 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm – Beltane Celebration: The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. Beltane is one of the most important dates in the Celtic calendar.  Join in this special day of storytelling, ceremonial fire, garland-making and skills demonstrations. www.crannog.co.uk

Saturday 6 May 2017, 1pm: Stuc A Chroin 5000 Hill Race, Strathyre. This annual event is popular with runners.  The anticipated first finisher is expected shortly after 3pm.   www.stucachroin5000.org.uk

Friday 26 May 2017: Strathyre Music Festival. The 5th year this annual event is taking place in Strathyre’s main street, The Broch and The Inn.  Under 5s free.  For ticket information and this year’s line-up visit http://www.balvaig.co.uk/

Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May 2017: MHOR Festival, Balquhidder and Monachyle Mhor.  A fun annual event for all the family celebrating food and drink, music, theatre and dance. Enquiries 01877 384622 http://www.mhorfestival.net/

Sunday 28 May 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Iron Age Ingenuity at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. Find our more about ancient skills of bronze-casting and much more. www.crannog.co.uk

Wednesday 7 June 2017, 7pm – An Evening with Alexander McCall Smith at The Watermill Bookshop, Mill Street, Aberfeldy  PH15 2BG. Tickets , £7 (includes £2 off a book purchase on the evening). Telephone The Watermill to book your tickets as they are selling fast 01887 822896 www.aberfeldywatermill.com

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June 2017 – Killin Music Festival, McLaren Hall, Killin, Perthshire FK21 8UW.  A weekend of music for all ages with appearances by Celtic rock band Skerryvore, folk rock from Manran, acoustic folk from The Deadly Winters and more.  Tickets through Eventbrite. More information: 07717 130333, info@killinmusicfestival.com or visit the website for details www.killinmusicfestival.com

Thursday 20 July 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Iron Age Gourmet Day at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. An opportunity to enjoy tasters of amazing food, prepared and cooked how the ancient crannog dwellers used to eat.  Groups required to book, otherwise just turn up. More information at www.crannog.co.uk

Saturday 22 July 2017, 12.30pm – 5pm: Balquhidder Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games and Gathering, Lochearnhead Games Field, Lochearnhead.  This popular local Highland Games brings together the clans McLaren, MacGregor, Ferguson, MacNab and the Stewarts of Strathearn. Heavyweight challenges, pipe competitions, Highland dancing, product and food stalls. Live music from Pure Malt from 4pm. Follow @_HighlandGames on Twitter. Enquiries: alexgargolinksi@hotmail.com www.lochearnheadhighlandgames.co.uk

Wednesday 2 August 2017: Killin Highland Games, Breadalbane Park, Killin www.killingames.co.uk

Saturday 4 t0 Saturday 26 August 2017: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle www.edintattoo.co.uk

Saturday 5 August 2017: Open Water Swim, Loch Lubnaig, near Strathyre. For more information about wetsuits and skins, distance and age group race choices, visit http://www.vigourevents.com/loch-lubnaig or Twitter: @VigourEvents

Saturday 5 August & Sunday 6 August 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pm: Iron Age Artisan Village: Celts, Crannogs & Crafts – The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. Celebrate the Scottish Crannog Centre’s 20th anniversary with an opportunity to interact and learn more about the history of a crannog. www.crannog.co.uk

Saturday 4 to Saturday 28 August 2017: Edinburgh Festival Fringe www.edfringe.com

Saturday 4 to Saturday 28 August 2017: Edinburgh International Festival www.eif.co.uk

Friday 11 to Saturday 12 August 2017: Aberfeldy Show and Games www.aberfeldyshowandgames.co.uk

Sunday 13 August 2017: Perth Highland Games www.perthhighlandgames.co.uk

Saturday 19 August 2017, 10.30am-5pm: Stirling Highland Games www.stirlinghighlandgames.com

Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 August 2017: Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk

Sunday 27 August 2017, 10.30am t0 4.30pm: Summer Harvest Festival at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY.  Try out hand ploughing, baking in iron age clay ovens, making floral crowns, threshing and grinding grains. Visit www.crannog.co.uk for more information. www.crannog.co.uk

The annual Balquhidder Bike Fest will not take place this year, but will return with new happenings in 2018. www.balquhidder.info

Saturday 9 September 2017, 9am (competitor registration 7.30am-8.30am): Open Water Swim, Loch Earn.  Swim the length of Loch Earn (10k). To enter or for more information, visit www.vigourevents.com/end-to-end-of-loch-earn

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Ways with Wood – The Turnery Prize! at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. An artistic weekend celebrating Scotland’s native wood with artistic carvers and turners showing their expertise, which is for sale.  www.crannog.co.uk

Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October 2017: Callander Jazz & Blues Festival. A great weekend of live music for jazz and blues connoisseurs.  Last year’s bands included  Jazz Connection, The Revolutionaires and The Jive Aces.  To find out about this year’s acts, tickets and activities check out www.callanderjazz.com

Sunday 15 October 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Fun with Fruit & Fungi  at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. A celebration of the local natural produce.  Take your own container for juice you may press from windfall apples. www.crannog.co.uk

Saturday 31 October 2017, 7pm to 9pm: Spooks and Sacrifice – Celtic Samhain at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. Go in ‘guise’ and take your own jack o’lantern to celebrate Samhain, the Celtic Festival marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of the darker half of the year.  Popular annual event so booking essential. www.crannog.co.uk